Thom Hogans guess about the new Fuji sensor (+ X100 in Stock).

First the good news for our US readers. After a long time the Fuji X100 is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

As you know yesterday Fuji announced the launch of a new mirrorless and interchangeable lens system for Spring 2012. I read Asian, European and American press releases and nowhere you can find any info about the sensor size. One of my Asian sources told me the sensor is definitely bigger than APS-C but he couldn’t unveil me the exact sensor size. Now let’s hope we can find some more info as soon as possible. I am really intrigued about that new Fuji system!

Meanwhile Thom Hogan wrote: “I’m still trying to fully decipher the materials from the Japanese press conference where Fujifilm made the announcement, but these things seem vaguely clear: (1) a new lens mount (i.e. not m4/3); (2) a larger than APS/DX sensor, but not as big as full frame/FX; (3) higher resolution and better noise handling than any existing FX sensor (which means more than 24mp and better than D3s); and (4) non-Bayer in nature.

HUUUUGE SURPRISE! X-mirrorless system with large sensor (larger than fullframe???)

What a huge surprise! Fuji announced the launch of a new X-mirrorless system with a sensor that will have a “resolution and low noise that will surpass the 35mm full size sensor“. It will be a new interchangeable system! Fuji promise to show a mockup and specs of the system for the CES show in January 2012. The system itself will be on market by Spring 2012!!!

In contemporary Fuji announce the X-S1 mirrorless camera which looks exactly like a DSLR but has an EVF instead of OVF.

One more deal news: The Fuji X100 is in Stock at Amazon for the normal price (Click here)!

DxOmark test: Nikon sensors as good as Micro Four Thirds sensors!

Looking at the images samples floating around the web almost nobody believed the Nikon J1 and V1 sensor could be as good as the bigger Micro Four Thirds sensors. And here comes the latest DxOmark test and tells you exactly the opposite story. According to their tests the sensor of the J1 is exactly as good as the latest 16 Megapixel sensor of the Panasonic G3 and better than the rest of the Micro Four Thirds cameras. Color depth and landscape is slightly better than the G3 and only at High-ISO Micro Four Thirds has a visible advantage. Anyway, Sony still has by far the best sensor of all Mirrorless cameras. The NEX-C3 has 17 more points than the J1 and I bet the new Sony NEX-5n is even better!

Click the links to see the comparisons:
Nikon J1 vs Sony NEX-C3 vs Panasonic G3
Nikon J1 vs Nikon V1 vs Olympus E-P3

Preorder links:
Nikon J1 at [shopcountry 100053].
Nikon V1 at

Nikon: A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses.

Nikon PR guys really messed it up by stating on facebook (Click here) that “A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses“. I am sure this is not what Nikon really thinks, but that PR gy really should take some leasosn form real Photographers to learn that it is the perosn behind the camera the key for good photography!

P.S.: Nikon V1 body images at DC.watch.

New Nikon 1 reviews and news roundup.

There is a new 20 page long Nikon J1 review at Digitalcamerainfo (Click here): “If the camera were released three years ago, that might be enough to hail the J1 as the conquering hero many Nikon fans have been waiting for. Instead, it wades into an already crowded pool with a feature set and image performance that is bested in most areas by other cameras already on the market.

Amateur Photographer (Click here) interviewed Mr. Yoshizo Mori (general manager of Nikon’s development department): “The Nikon 1 system was designed with functionality, size, speed and its feature set as a first priority rather than the traditional concerns of the size of the sensor and the number of pixels on it.

Nikon 1 V1 preview at Cameralabs (Click here): “Nikon’s decision to employ a sensor that’s smaller than the APS-C and Micro Four Third sensors used in existing Interchangeable Lens Cameras, ILCs, has disappointed enthusiasts who equate sensor size to quality. And in a respect they are right, as bigger sensors traditionally enjoy greater light gathering power, lower noise and broader tonal dynamic range. Bigger sensors also typically place lower demands on the resolving power of the lens, and for the same coverage as a camera with a smaller sensor, allow a shallower depth-of-field too.

Nikon J1 and V1 first impression at Hybridcams (Click here).